MPs to investigate CAP greening proposals

A cross-party group of MPs is to investigate concerns over proposals for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee said its inquiry would focus on compulsory measures to protect the environment, which were outlined in the CAP reform plan published last month.

Since then farmers, politicians and industry leaders have voiced confusion and concern over the so-called greening measures which could cut farm payments by 30%.

An EFRA spokeswoman said the inquiry would look into those issues and she called for any interested parties to submit their views to the committee by 16 November 2011.

The inquiry will focus on:       

• Whether the proposal to green direct payments will generate significant environmental benefits
• The impact of additional greening requirements on food production and the competitiveness of the agricultural industry
• Consistency of the greening proposals with the CAP simplification agenda
• How greening direct payments can be made coherent with agri-environment schemes
• Recommendations for improving the greening proposals

“In addition, the committee welcomes views on other elements of the CAP proposals,” the spokeswoman added.

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